Apr 16, 2013 6:39 PM by Chris Welty
KATC and the United Way of Acadiana are handing out more than ten thousand books this week to students at schools across Acadiana.
This is made possible because of Acadiana's generosity during our second annual Day of Literacy in March. Hundreds of new and gently used books were donated to help put a book in students' hands.
Three hundred students at Westside Elementary in Scott now have new books to take home. Tuesday, The United Way, KATC and volunteers handed out books to motivate students to read.
"We want to expose them to reading. Make it fun, make it exciting and really provide them with the opportunity to have those materials available at their leisure," said Keler Williams with the United Way of Acadiana.
The more they read, hopefully they'll read on or above their grade level.
"The more they read, the better they become at reading comprehension and reading fluently," said Westside Elementary Principal Lisa Thomas.
Over the past two years, KATC and The United Way have collected more than 16,000 books to put in the hands of eager students.
St. Martinville Primary student Moriana George was beyond excited to receive her new books. "It can get me a better education and help me pass and stuff," said George who is in second grade.
At St. Martiville Primary, more than 280 kids received books; a gift many of these students will remember.
"To see these faces and to see those eyes light up as they receive those gifts was a phenomenal opportunity," said Williams.